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Mahmoud El Kordy

CEO, GBM Oman

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The CEO of GBM Oman, Mahmoud El Kordy is a prominent leader with extensive 30 years’ experience providing visionary executive and sales leadership across technology industry. He joined GBM from IBM Middle East and Africa where he held several sales and leadership positions across systems, big data, and analytics. Prior to that, El Kordy was in IBM Europe for several years. He was on an international assignment in Paris, where he led the infrastructure services of IBM South Europe, followed by his success as Linux sales leader in IBM CEEMEA HQ in Vienna. El Kordy holds a master’s degree from Maastricht school of management in the Netherlands and bachelor’s degree in engineering.

"GBM Oman is a 100% Omani-owned company with over 30 years of experience."
A 100% Omani-owned company with over 30 years of experience, GBM Oman helps companies with all their digital transformation needs, including managed services and cybersecurity challenges.
Could you give us an overview of the company and the major highlights of the past year?

GBM Oman is a 100% Omani-owned company with over 30 years of experience. The company consists of over 110 highly skilled professionals from 13 countries, of which 48% are Omanis. As an end-to-end digital transformation system integrator, GBM Oman offers industry-leading solutions addressing market needs, state-of-the-art smart hybrid cloud infrastructure, digital business solutions, security, and managed services. Our strategy is to be essential to our clients by providing the best in market services and solutions. GBM Oman nurtures partnerships with the world’s leading technology companies while investing in a local talented, skilled workforce with exceptional depth of experience in managing enterprise and mission-critical systems. Today, GBM Oman has over 250 customers in public and private domains and across a range of verticals. GBM Oman is in the lead position to support Oman Vision 2040 and enable the market’s digital transformation. GBM Oman is developing its expertise to accelerate an organization’s migration to the cloud, through our comprehensive hybrid cloud solutions, helping clients to leverage their data for better competitive advantage utilizing AI in tandem with a zero-trust cybersecurity model. In terms of our highlights from the past year, we have had an in depth focus on several industries. This included the banking industry, energy, utilities, government, logistics, and travel and transport. Our work in the banking and financial sector assists banks thrive in the new economy, and we have provided them with the right resources to accelerate digital transformation through experiential, collaborative, and automated banking paradigms built on a cloud-based IT foundation. GBM has supported many government entities on their digital transformation without impacting citizens’ services support. For example, one major government entity wanted to increase client satisfaction by ensuring secure system availability around the clock. Our solution included a comprehensive network and security infrastructure that delivers near perfect availability and provides the highest level of security to protect all services and users within the organization.

What competitive advantages does GBM offer within the sector?

GBM’s local knowledge and experience of three decades in Oman has been a defining factor in our efforts toward digitalization, and as such we have been able to quickly develop and implement tailored solutions for organizations across diverse industries. Over 110 local technology and industry solutions experts and top certified engineers have extended the network across many other countries through our strong vendor network. Our clients’ stamp of satisfaction is our strongest competitive advantage. They value our quality of service, advanced skillset, and global reach for top-notch technology and innovations. Much of GBM’s ongoing discussions with organizations in Oman is focused on helping them transform their operations by implementing end-to-end digital solutions, while also ensuring their systems are secure and can withstand cyber threats. Our digital business and infrastructure solutions coupled with our broadly skilled experts and effective planning and implementation, can help businesses deliver on their digital transformation vision for the future.

Security accounts for many of today’s biggest organizational challenges. What instruments does GBM offer to address this?

Increased use of technology creates a rich playground for cybercrime. In order to mitigate the rising risks that businesses face today, GBM has a framework focused on people, processes, and technology to provide a holistic approach to mitigation efforts. That starts by giving the proper consultancy to establish a zero-trust model and ends by plugging fully managed services into security operations. It effectively safeguards brand name, reputation, and assets. In addition, it offers comprehensive, end-to-end strategies that protect against external and internal threats, and may include solutions for endpoint security, applications, database, people, and regulatory compliance. GBM utilizes cutting-edge technologies, from AI and cognitive to threat hunting and deception, to protect companies from data loss and online fraud.

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